Dharamshala: The 13th working committee of the Khampa Writers Group launched a special publication book entitled ‘Drichu’ to mark the year of gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Library of the Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) on 22 Feb 2021.
The fourth edition of ‘Drichu’ was launched by the Chief Guest Speaker Pema Jungney of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Special Guest Choerig Kalon Yuthok Karma Gelek, Special Guest Chushi Gangdruk President Abho Gakyi, and Khampa Writers Group President Parliamentarian Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam at 11 am yesterday.
The book launch event started with a brief introduction of the book by the President of the Khampa Writers Group Parliamentarian Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam in the presence of the Chief Guest, special guests, other guests including Parliamentarian Serta Tsultrim, Parliamentarian Gowo Lobsang Phende, Parliamentarian Lobsang Dhakpa, Members of the Khampa Writers Group, and media personnel.
The Chief Guest Speaker Pema Jungney in his address lauded the fourth edition of ‘Drichu’ which comprises compositions on the four commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, analytical essays, poems, and translations. There were around 11 analytical essays starting with the analysis on ‘the Powerful oath undertaking’. Likewise, it also has 30 poems and 2 translations. The Speaker also lauded the 47 writers for their dedication and hard work.
‘As the analytical composition starts with analysis on ‘the Powerful oath undertaking’ or ‘Naghen Thumo Che’ in Tibetan, which was sworn by a gathering of representatives from all the three traditional provinces and all the religious sects of Tibet in Bodhgaya on 3 February 1960, supplicating His Holiness the Dalai Lama to lead the Tibetans and at the same time vowing to stay united and bonded strongly. Therefore, unity among the exiled Tibetans is very important,’ added the Speaker.
Speaking on the importance of preserving the Tibetan language, the Speaker advised writers to write more compositions and publish more such books as the saying in Tibetan goes, the three learned actions are explanation, debate, and composition. Seeing some spelling errors, the Speaker being an experienced editor himself advised the writers to be extra attentive in the proof-reading part as spelling errors in Tibetan composition are apparent.
Speaking in honour of the ‘gratitude year’ to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Speaker emphasized acknowledging the kindness and great deeds of His Holiness to the Tibetans in order to pay gratitude to Him. At the mere age of 16 (Tibetan) or 15 (International), His Holiness the Dalai Lama was weighed down with the spiritual and secular responsibility of a politically torn and tattered Tibet which like a butter lamp was about to be extinguished. His Holiness, a teenager at that time, initiated political reforms in Tibet and had to accommodate differences with the Chinese even during such an emergency. After coming into exile to India, His Holiness has worked tirelessly on establishing separate Tibetan schools, Tibetan settlements, monastic institutions, etc. with the far-sighted vision of protecting and preserving Tibetan culture, religion, and language. When monks faced immense hardships due to the unbearable heat in re-establishing monastic institutions in Buxa Fort, visitations were made around the Himachal Pradesh to relocate monks of Buxa Fort. It was then the CM of Karnataka S. Nijalingappa who offered land in his state for Tibetan settlement and thus big monastic institutions were set up in Karnataka. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the ultimate saviour, leader, and guardian for the Tibetans, it is our responsibility to practice what He preaches. Especially, understanding and practising the four commitments of His Holiness is the best offering to Him. Therefore, we should always study and put into practice his teachings, especially when His Holiness is at such an advanced age, we, Tibetans should strive not to disappoint him in any way. Even though His Holiness has been predicted to live between 116 to 125 years and His Holiness confirms the same, it is our responsibility to fulfil it by following his advice. Lastly, the Speaker prayed for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and speedy resolution of the Tibet issue.
The book launch event also saw addresses by the special guests Kalon Karma Gelek and Chushi Gangdruk President Abho Gakyi. The event concluded with a thank-you note from Geshe Phurbu, a member of the Khampa Writers Group.
–Filed by Tibetan Parliament-in-exile